Posted by eemilla on September 19, 2013
On our list of things we’d like to do was to visit the Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain. Our day ended up being a cloudy and overcast day with moments of sunshine, and I found that I am more disturbed by heights than I had previously thought. LB also found the heights scary, and she was quietly insistent on returning to the parking lot and putting distance between herself and the mile high bridge. The entrance fee is steep ( at $18 per adult), but overall we did enjoy the vistas and the small zoo. I left my wrap at home so we had to lug LB around on our hips which dissuaded us from hiking from the parking lot or doing much hiking on the far side of the bridge. It was quite laughable to encounter the below sign shortly after the admission gate.
It is my understanding that you can hike from the parkway and avoid the entrance fee, but even with the wrap my stamina is quite insufficient for any sort of steep grade traverse. We packed a picnic lunch to enjoy at the ample tables at various locations. The otters and eagles were the crowd pleasers of our zoo visit, even though the bears were pretty active too.
The trees on top of the mountain reminded me of oversized bonsais.
I didn’t think that the bridge would scare me or make me feel so grateful to return to the mountain as I love roller coasters and the like. I made it across, and if I had felt so anxious about it on my first few steps I wouldn’t have complete it; however it wasn’t until I was on the last portion that I began to feel uneasy. I didn’t notice any severe wind or some clown jumping on the bridge so I cannot say why I had a sudden urge to get back across and be done. Maybe it was LB’s fear. Needless to say, I did not take any photos on the bridge.